MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, has confirmed that Hungary will partake at the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.
Good evening Europe this is Budapest calling! Europe hold your horses, Hungary is coming to Israel for Eurovision 2019! Thus Hungary joins the list of countries who have so far confirmed their intention to partake at the upcomin Eurovision edition in Israel.
Hungary will yet again select its Eurovision entry and act for 2019 via its traditional national selection A Dal. The Hungarian broadcaster has published the rules and regulations for A Dal 2019. Acts wishing to compete in the Hungarian national selection can submit their respective entries until 8 November.
Hungary in Eurovision
The Hungarians attempted to join the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 when they competed in the special prelimary semi-final in Ljubiana with Andrea Szulak‘s Arva reggel, but failed to qualify to Millstreet and win one of the three available golden tickets to Eurovision. The country had to wait one more year to enter the competition.
Hungary debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with Friderika Bayer and her entry Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet achieving a 4th place in Dublin, namely the country’s best placing in the competition till date.
The central European nation has participated 16 times in Europe’s favourite show and is yet to win the competition. The Hungarians withdrew from the competition in 1999 and returned to the contest in 2005 after a 6 year absence.
Hungary has only placed six times in the top 10 of the Eurovision scoreboard since its debut ; 4th (1994), 5th (2014), 8th (2017) and 9th ( 2007) and 10th (2013).
In 2018 Hungary selected its Eurovision act and entry via its traditional national selection A Dal. Rock band AWS won the golden ticket to Lisbon with their entry Viszlat Nyar. The boys achieved a 21st placing in the Grand Final in Portugal.